Glenn William “Tomato-Man” Summers

picture-pubPATOKA ­ — Glenn William “Tomato-Man” Summers, 79, of Patoka and a former resident of Shelbyville, went to be with his Lord on Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014 at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield.

Services celebrating his life will be on Saturday, Feb 15, 2014 at the First Baptist Church of Patoka with Pastor David Rogers officiating.

Visitation for friends and family will be from 10 a.m. until the time of service at noon. Burial will be at Meador Cemetery in rural Patoka.

Glenn was born March 1, 1934 in Macoupin County, Virden, the son of Rev. William A. and Gladys L.(Mitchell) Summers. He grew up in Medora, and received his high school diploma from Southwestern High School in Piasa.

He married Karen Gibson in 1959 and they later divorced. He married Ruth Ann Cooley in Springfield, on May 29, 1964, and this year, they would have celebrated their 50th Anniversary.

Glenn was dearly loved and will be missed by survivors including his beloved wife and children and their families, Dawn Doty and husband, Randy, Daren Summers and wife, Shannon; three granddaughters, Elizabeth Short and husband Brian, Elizsha  Darnell and husband Kevin, Hayli Throop and husband Josh; great-grandchildren, Brock and Brianne Short, step-great-grandson, Dallas Decker. He was looking forward to the birth of a new great-grand-baby Darnell. Also surviving are his sister, Betty Scott, of Medora; his brother, Floyd and wife Frances of Springfield; sisters-in-law, Margaret Summers, Jewell Eyring of Tavares, Fla., Marilyn Bender of Palmyra; brother-in-law Daniel James “Jim” Cooley and wife Elsie of Julian, Calif;, as well as many beloved nieces, nephews, and cousins. Also surviving are his foster sister-in-law, Marsha Bundy; and  foster brother-in-law, Merrell Collins and wife Joelyn.

He was preceded in death by his parents; four sisters, Ruth Clark and husband Kenneth, Eldora Merritt, Grace and Mary; and three brothers, Lee and wife Alice, John and Ernest Summers and wife Joan; and special brother-in-law, Leo “Scotty” Scott.

Glenn was reared in the Pentecostal faith. His church families of the Patoka Methodist and the Patoka Baptist Church meant so much to him, as well as the many other friendships he made since moving to Patoka. His hobbies through the years have been raising & showing rabbits (he was a former board member of Illinois Rabbit Breeder’s Association), flower & vegetable gardening and collecting coins. He worked in the restaurant profession most of his life, and he and his wife, Ruth Ann co-owned & operated their Shelbyville “Country School Restaurant & Coins” from l977 through l992. After moving to Patoka in July 1996, he planted large annual gardens & operated a produce stand every summer thereafter, becoming known as “The Tomato Man”. During the winter, Glenn also enjoyed making & painting hundreds of yard ornaments to sell and display in his yard. He also painted several signs for his special friends of the Mennonite Community in the rural St. Peter area.

Glenn’s family requests that memorials be made to the Meador Cemetery or the Patoka Ambulance Service.